Training

PLAY BITING

PLAY BITING Play Biting A young puppy plays with his littermates by wrestling and nipping. If he nips too hard, his siblings will yelp and walk away. If the puppy nips Mom too hard, she will either get up and leave or correct him. Thus a puppy starts learning that his behavior affects others. Spending […]

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Changes In Aging Dogs

Time Flies For thousands of years, dogs have been selectively bred to be in tune with our emotions, actions, and words.  Because they are like us in so many ways, it is easy to mistakenly attribute human motivations and feelings (like jealousy, spite, and guilt) to their actions.  That is called anthropomorphizing, and every dog […]

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MEALTIME FUN

Mealtime Fun How did your feed your dog today?  If your GSP is anything like my Chase, he practically inhales his food at mealtime as though he is starving, then a short time later is begging for more.  What a wasted opportunity, not to mention risky because GSPs are at risk for getting bloat (gastric […]

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CHASE AND THE MAGIC BULLET

CHASE AND THE MAGIC BULLET When it comes to training, many of us think about teaching our dogs to obey by rewarding good behavior.  But there is another, more primal form of learning called classical conditioning.  Classical conditioning occurs when something that previously had no meaning (a neutral stimulus) becomes associated with something that automatically […]

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German Shorthair Pointers Training

DOG TRAINING- CORRECTIONS, REPRIMANDS, AND PUNISHMENTS

                    Corrections, Reprimands and Punishment What is Punishment? The psychological definition of punishment is an unpleasant event that follows a behavior which results in decreasing that behavior in the future. If the behavior doesn’t decrease, it isn’t punishment by definition. The terms “correction”, “discipline” and “reprimand” are […]